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  1. 1. A Publication for Friends and Supporters of Orange Grove Center THE OSAGE Vol. 2, Issue 1 June - September 2007Debbie Chadwick’sStoryHow serving others ledto meeting the President Profiles of other OGC volunteers Our clients share their hobbies with us ! Tribute to Jim Goldman“To recognize, support and celebrate the qualities of the individual” ”
  2. 2. PHOTOGRAPHY by Dennis Wilkes THE Reprints courtesy of Life Care Centers of AmericaMichael A. Barto OSAGE 2 Page Page3 and Mary ChadwickPresidentHugh J. Moore, Jr.ChairmanDillard Edgemon Contents 3 FVice President Debbie Meets the PresidentSusan Gouger RouseVice President 4 Remembering Jim Goldman ebruary 1, 2007, willThomas H. Cox perhaps be the most memorable day of Debbie Chadwick’s life. On this day,Treasurer 7 Around the Grove she watched as Air Force One landed at Chattanooga’s Lovell Field, carryingDr. Bruce Hutchinson our 43rd President, George W. Bush.Asst. Treasurer 8 From the Desk ofThomas A. Caldwell the Executive Director: “We waved at the airplane,” Debbie said.Secretary Actively Living a Belief Debbie and her family waited patiently as the President stepped off the plane,John F. Germ acknowledged the crowd, and made his way to award her with a lapel pin for herMember-At-Large 9 More From Our Volunteers achievements in volunteerism. She then gave him several hugs, showed him where to put the pin, and topped it all off with a “high five,” “thumbs up,” and a kiss.Celeste Bradley Above: Lapel pin presentedBarton C. Burns 10 Breakfast for Champions Debbie, a 10-year Life Care Center volunteer and Orange Grove client, is one of more by President Bush.John Buhrman than 550 nationwide to receive the President’s Volunteer Award. The award makes herLarry Cash a USA Freedom Corps Greeter, an honor bestowed on deserving individuals since 2002. Mary Chadwick, herTom Cofer 10 Meet Our President mother, was by her side, silently maintaining her position.Herbert J. Haile, Jr.Daniel J. LaGraffBill Lusk 11 Client Hobbies “It was her day,” Ms. Chadwick said. “I was trying to be calm, cool, and collected. It was exciting that she earned the right to meet him.”Sharon MatthewsAndrew J. NardoRosie Russell 12 New Board Members Just ten years ago, the 44-year-old was matched with Life Care Center by Orange Grove. She has accumulated over 4,300 hours, spending two days a week helping residents with activities and meals,Dr. Richard SadowitzS. Scott Short pushing them in their wheelchairs, and countless other offerings from her heart. Her kindness hasAvery Smith A quarterly publication of Orange extended to recruiting other volunteers from Orange Grove Center, and starting the programsJerry Summers Grove Center Inc. of Chattanooga Silent, Sightless Angel Program (SSAP) and Hugs And Touches (HATS). SSAP aims to help the © 2007 blind by teaching them to read Braille and encouraging the use of sign language for the hearingHONORARY BOARD impaired. HATS encourages affectionate contact with residents.T. Hicks Armor Editor and Design:T. Maxfield Bahner Leslie Smith, Coordinator “I feel very confident that she is here,” said Mae Petty, Activities Director for Life CareCharles A. Comer Public Relations and Marketing Center of Missionary Ridge. “She starts on her job, and I don’t have to stay with her. SheHoward Gray lesmith@orangegrove.org gets right to it.”Morton J. Kent Photography: Dennis WilkesMrs. Helen C. Mahn OGC Art Dept. Petty added that residents love her and expect to be loved in return and they were neverMrs. Emily C. McKenzie disappointed. She says during activities such as Bingo, Debbie helps residents place chips.William R. Russell Cover photo courtesy of Mark GrissomMrs. Janet Strang Printer: Graphic Impressions Continued on page 5 Chattanooga, TN
  3. 3. Continued from page 3 In memory of Jim Goldman, my friend, whom I will miss... Page 4 Page 5 “I’d be running my legs off if she wasn’t here.” In August 2007, I will have served the folks at Orange Grove Center 20 years. In my time here, I have worked with many people who have either passed through, or are still Debbie, perhaps unlike most receiving the Presidential honor, was part of the Orange Grove family. Some have passed through, deciding this work was born with Down Syndrome. Media attention shed light on the fact not for them. The desire to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve comes that people with Down Syndrome can do a lot of things, according easily for some, and not at all for others. to Petty. She said it is a big undertaking for her to have remained at Life Care Center so long. In the 1993-1994 school year, a retired gentleman expressed interest in Orange Grove and the work we do. He wanted to volunteer in a classroom. Though he had no prior Debbie arrived at Orange Grove at age 6, beginning as a student in experience with our population, he quickly bonded and took interest in our students and staff. the Center’s school. Her teacher, Darcy Owens, helped to bring her out of her shell. Jim with Dr. Pat Kopetz (left) and After working in the classroom, he decided that he wanted to put his efforts into the board member, Susan Rouse, at the Speech and Language Department. He came to our department knowing little about “When she first got here, she would hide under the desk,” Debbie’s dedication of the the power of communication, teaching language, or voice output devices. However, mother said. “She wouldn’t even go in the pool.” 1934-2007 Jim Goldman Speech and he had a passion to learn and work with those we serve. He already had a following of Language Center, 2003. students who loved him, and with whom he cared deeply for and felt a connection. With time and the support of her teacher, Debbie blossomed into the happy-go-lucky person she is today. At school, she was prone to His ability to connect with students with his sense of humor, his respect for them as showing an outpour of love and affection for those in her presence. individuals, and his heartfelt love for them and their best interests made him a mentor. Owens took notice, and wanted to help her channel her energy He had already taken some under his wing. His goal was to see that, even though for toward geriatric patients, whom she says are always in need of love some clients there were no funds to receive the things needed to succeed, he would find and care. a way to provide for them, whether it be glasses to help their vision, or communication devices to help them communicate. Jim Goldman would persevere and do whatever it “She has all the personality traits of a caregiver. She’s cheerful, andRemembering Jim... took to see that they had what they needed. she’s outgoing,” Owens said. Our department trained him to provide communication therapy to a variety of folks, With time Debbie has joined the ranks of her peers who’ve decided and very quickly became our biggest asset for providing not only speech therapy, but to become more self-sufficient by working and becoming involved an unconditional love and respect for those he encountered. The students loved him in the community. These things were made possible with the and he believed passionately in their abilities. He always believed in them and respect- Goldman volunteering backing of her mother and the staff of Orange Grove. ed even the slightest accomplishments they made. To Jim, they were all milestones! at the Recycling Center. In May 2003, the Speech and Language Department was lovingly dedicated in Jim’s Top and middle: You can still find Debbie at work at Life Care Center on her honor, naming it the “Jim Goldman Speech, Language and Hearing Center.” We will Front and back of Debbie’s award from the Secret scheduled days. The residents are aware of her meeting with forever be honored and proud of our name, for it holds the very heart and soul of one Service Agency. President Bush, but she still receives and gives the same loving man who truly loved who we are, what we do, and what we try to achieve. treatment at the center. Bottom right: Since joining the Orange Grove Center, Jim has touched the lives of everyone, includ- Debbie at Lovell Field in front of Air Force One. Debbie’s service hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2005, she was named ing clients and staff. He became the greatest advocate, the most passionate, loving, the Tennessee Health Care Association’s Individual Volunteer caring, and giving person to ever walk through the doors of Orange Grove. He led in Bottom: of the Year, and last year was awarded the American Health many capacities, serving as President and Treasurer of the OGC Board, and was solely Debbie at Life Care Association’s National Individual Volunteer of theYear. responsible for the creation of the Medical Committee. Jim was an all-around advocate Care Center. for what we stand. If you meet Debbie at Orange Grove or while caring for residents at Life Care Center, you can expect to be hugged These qualities, however, were not new for Jim Goldman. He lived his entire life with again and again several more times. She doesn’t meet a the very same compassion, grace, devotion and appreciation of others that he brought stranger, as in the case of her embrace of the President. to the Center so many years ago. His love for his family and anyone else he came to know shone through his every act. I will forever treasure knowing Jim, and cherish the many memories that I have in Taking time out to my heart. He will forever be a part of my life, and of Orange Grove Center, and will participate in Orange Grove Center-related activities. always be remembered by everyone who knew him. Jim Goldman, We love you! Missy Lewis, SLA
  4. 4. P.E. Page6 7 Page Hab Center63 OGC clients participated in Double GG Camp at Possum Rick Rader, MD, Director of OGC’s Morton J. Kent Habilitiation Center, appeared in the May 19 issue ofCreek in Soddy Daisy, TN, from June 2 to June 8. New Scientist Magazine in the article, “Uproar flares over Alzheimer’s tags.” Rader discussed a past proposal to plant VeriChips in some patients. (Written by Celeste Biever; Issue 2604, New Scientist magazine, page 14)Activities included kickball, an ice cream party, hot air balloonrides, a boat ride, singing by the Orange Grove Center Chorus, Dr. Rader presented at the American Academy ofa talent show, a dance, daily swimming, arts and crafts, andmore. Around Pediatrics conference, “The Future of Pediatrics,” in Orlando, FL, on June 29. He presented, The Challenges of Medical Transitioning (moving from pediatrics to adult medicine). Training/Compliance During May, he was keynote speaker at the 2nd International “Come to Your Senses”DSP Laura Pittman was recently spotlighted in the Spring2007 issue of Personally Speaking, a bi-monthly publication ofthe Division of Mental Retardation Services. the Grove conference in Toronto, ON, May 2007. He also presented at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Atlanta, GA, on the Groningen Protocol, the program of euthanasia in Holland for babiesPittman is a nine-year Orange Grove Center employee, and has born with severe deformities.worked in Nutrition Services, ICF and to her current role inTraining and Compliance. She is the first DSP to be awarded Another presentation was given at thecredentials by the National Alliance for Direct National Conference of the DevelopmentalSupport Professionals (NADSP). Disabilities Nurses Association in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Rader contributed to the March/April 2007 edition of Res Hab Pediatric Dentistry, with his submission of “The Emergence of the Pediatric Dentistry: Educating Clinicians about the Challenges and Rewards of Treating Patients with SHCN.”Derrick Schofield, Christy Pate, and Jewell Hauth, Executive Director of OGC, atJackson, and six consumers, Jimmy Roes, ArthurMClendon, Mike Brickey, Shirley Pierce,Shellie Hicks, and SusanWeekly attended the TNCO MegaConference at the Nashville Marriott, Children’s ServicesMay 31-June 2. OGC applied for a Orlando Gabriel Baerga Gstipend for them to attend and benefitfrom the conference. They enjoyed a magic show, banquets, Michael Patrick Kaysa dance, exhibits, swimming, movies, shopping at Opry Mills raduation services were heldMall, and eating out at area restaurants. They are already in for Orange Grove Center’s Jon Thomas McDonaldtalks about next year! (See photos, page 12) Class of 2007 on May 18 in the school gymnasium. Jonathan T. MorrisBrian Jones, Residential Support Coordinator, has been Guest speaker, Hamilton County Matthew Ossewaardeaccepted into the Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2007-2008.Brian applied and went through a screening process which Superintendent Dr. Jim Scales, is the first superintendent to attend the yearly Carrie Elizabeth Scottconsisted of essays, references, and letters of recommenda- The Orange Grove Parent ceremony.tion to be accepted into the class. He will be attending once a Nathaniel Houston Smithmonth, day-long training, information sharing, and networking Group is holding their next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Congratulations graduates!sessions for 9 months. The class is cumulated by a two-day Charles Leslie Souterretreat. October 23 at 7 p.m. in the OGC Training Room. Charles Matthew Turner Attendance is encouraged!
  5. 5. From the Executive Director’s Desk Page 8 Page 9 Kenny Pittman has volunteered at Chattanooga Community Kitchen more than two years. Actively Living A Belief If you thought Twice a month, he dedicates himself to assisting with food preparation and working on the serving line. Debbie was our only volunteer, I love the Orange Grove mission statement. It is not just meaningless words, but instead a mantra that is lived out by the staff and volunteers who make up the Orange Grove family. “Recognize, meet a few others who also like to Kenny has been with Orange Grove since 2001, and his family has witnessed his love of Support and Celebrate The Qualities Of The Individual.” It is short and to the point and I think pretty well says it all in terms of what we believe and do. I have the pleasure of sharing the make a difference... people become a priority. mission statement to new employees who come to Orange Grove. “He likes to help,” said his grandmother, Mary At every orientation session, I have a short time frame to explain the history, purpose and Fred Blackburn Pittman. “He comes home and talks about the philosophy of Orange Grove with individuals who have chosen our Center as a path to fulfilling entered the doors of people he meets.” their personal goals. It is probably one of the most enjoyable experiences of my job. With the Orange Grove Center Orange Grove history book in hand, I begin to fold back the pages which bring to life the 54 years as a student back in 1985, and each Orlando Baerga volunteers side-by-side with Pittman, prepping of servitude our agency has offered the residents of Hamilton County. Wednesday at 9 a.m., and serving food to the less fortunate. Orlando recently graduatedAlthough I feel strongly that our organization has some excellent guiding principals that many people have fought hard to sustain, I he enters the doors from Children’s Services, and is moving toward more activitiesalways impress upon every person who comes into contact with our service delivery system, to speak up if we are not living out our of Chattanooga like his experience at Community Kitchen.mission every day. Mission statements are just meaningless words, if they are not followed up with actions. If we are not actively State’s 91.5 WAWLliving a belief, it’s not really a true belief at all. It is so very important that our common set of values permeate every aspect of radio station as a volunteer. He works Continued on page 10Orange Grove so that each employee and volunteer, when faced with an ethical dilemma, knows how to react. with Program/Music Director, DonWe can all think of historical examples of how a company’s practices were diametrically opposed to its mission statement. Enron is Hixson, also known as Uncle Don to WAWL listeners. He has volunteered OGC Nurses One of Three Programsone that often comes to mind. This company had a great motto, “Respect, Integrity, Communication, and Excellence.” Its “Vision and at the alternative, non-commercial Nominated for DDNA AwardValues” mission statement declared, “We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves....We do not tolerate abusive or radio station for nearly 7 years. Melinda Hendon,disrespectful treatment. Ruthlessness, callousness and arrogance don’t belong here.” Of course, many of the people who worked for Nursing Coordinator for ACT/Children’s ServicesEnron lived up to these statements but, unfortunately, the people who were most responsible for safeguarding the integrity of thebusiness had ignored its guiding principles. Some people tried to warn the management that Enron was failing its own mission, but Growing up, one might say that Frednobody was listening. was a music connoisseur. His mother, The East Tennessee Network of Developmental Disabilities Nurses Forrestine, says he listens to everything Association (ETDDNA) was one of three networks recently nominated forMost people are somewhat callous to flowery mission statements. Maybe that’s why Wal-Mart does not have a formal mission state- from rock and rap, to Christian music. “Network of the Year,” at DDNA’s national conference in Albuquerque, NM.ment. Wal-Mart does have a philosophy, which they espouse. “To provide everyday low prices with exceptional customer service.” He also collects music, and can identifyYou either see it or you don’t. That’s pretty much the way Wal-Mart management views its mission. I suppose Wal-Mart has its fair every band, guitar player, and so on. The Network was nominated because of the large percentage of its nurses whoshare of complaints, but the bottom line and the most important element to their success is whether or not people keep going back. I She says it’s a hobby he got from his are Certified Developmental Disability Nurses. Tennessee led the nation in thecan tell you that I do. father, who passed away when Fred number of Certified DD Nurses. Orange Grove Center is one of the top was a child. agencies employing a total of seven certified DD nurses. The two certifiedI hope you always see our mission being fulfilled in every activity Orange Grove is engaged in. As you review the articles in this RNs and five certified LPNs are employed in ACT, Children’s Services, andnewsletter, you cannot help but see dynamic representations of our mission. However, I don’t think Orange Grove is perfect. We have Ms. Blackburn inquired about Fred working for a radio station. She and ICF.many opportunities to get better in serving our population. Hopefully, you will always hear us say that we want to know where we canimprove. Fred’s teacher, Darcy Owens, put their heads together, and a call was made The East Tennessee Network of Developmental Disabilities NursesIt is always nice to hear the positive impact we are having on people’s lives, but it is equally important to learn of areas where we to make arrangements. At the time, Association was founded in September 2005 by three of Orange Grovecould enhance services. So, I ask you to always share with us in any format you feel comfortable. You may communicate anonymous- WAWL was in need of student Center’s nursing coordinators. Since its conception, it has grown to includely through our virtual suggestion box on the Orange Grove website, you can complete the survey form, and you can visit, call or write. volunteers, and after meeting Hixson not only OGC nurses, but nurses from across the state.The most important activity that you can assist us in is to consistently judge our actions by our mission statement. the job was all Fred’s. “Don was so impressed by him,” Ms. The Network is represented by nurses from almost all levels of nursing,So what do you think? Does Orange Grove recognize, support and celebrate the individuals it serves? including LPNs, RNs, MSN, and NP. In addition to growing numerically, Blackburn said. “He just took Fred under his wing, and they are very good emphasis has been to promote education of its nurses in the area ofKyle Hauth,Executive Director friends. He showed him the ropes, and Developmental Disabilities, and has itself offered educational programs he has much patience with him,” she quarterly for its nurses. The last three programs included Continuing said. Education contact hours for its members. The Network has also promoted national certification of its nurses in the area of Developmental Disabilities. Fred usually spends his time reviewing music played by the station, To learn more about us and how you can get involved, you may visit our web and acting as censor by screening the page at www.etddna.com, or email us at etddna@hotmail.com. music for profanity. He sometimes also tapes broadcasts.
  6. 6. 10 11 Hobbies of Orange Grove Clients Page Page Breakfast for Champions / Chances for Champions Raffle and Sweepstakes 2007 Here at Orange Grove Center, the individuals we serve live their lives like the average person. They enjoy many of the things we may take for granted. Here are their stories: David You won’t catch David without his little bag of treasures if you see him at Orange Grove. He joined the Center nearly 20 years ago, and within this time he has become a collector of everything Congratulations, from mystery books (especially Perry Mason), to Breakfast for Bible trivia cards. Tom Henley Champions of Henley Medical!grossed over $36,000 as aresult of this years fundraiser. Mr. Henley is the 2007 winner of the “Chances for Champions” is a fan of shopping, and not unlike her peersA special thanks to those who she has an eye for clothing, jewelry, and sweepstakes of the “Breakfast for supported Orange Grove Center through ticket Champions” annual fundraiser. He Elizabeth makeup. She doesn’t go anywhere without making herself presentable to those she received tickets for a Carribean cruise encounters. purchases, sales and by attending the annual for two. breakfast. Henley Medical is an assistive technology company based in Chattanooga that has been playing piano since he was a student at Rivermont Elementary. As a child, his serves individuals with disabilities. music therapist taught him the basics, such as identifying major and minor keys, His interest in playing hadn’t fully peaked, even when his father purchased an upright for him to practice at home. Kevin refused to touch it, until the day his father began to play. Volunteering, Barto newly elected President of Continued from page 9 OGC Board According to Kevin’s father, while on the piano one day, Kevin told him his playing was Crystal “not good.” His father replied, “Well show me then.” Since that day, Kevin has tickled the ivory for his friends and family, and in the community. Thursdays are special days for Orange Grove Center is Jackson pleased to announce that residents of Life Care Center of Missionary Ridge. That is because Michael A. Barto is the Kevin new president of the Center’s Crystal Jackson pays them a visit to read to them through Board of Directors. Melissa Robert has a thing for his scanner and Hamm the Silent Sightless Angel Barto is a partner at Barto, radio. Not long ago, he was so passionate Program (SSAP). Hoss & Company accounting about his Hamm radio, that he decided to With the help of her teacher firm, and has more than 20 years of experience in his pursue certification. Darcy Owens, Crystal, who is field. He has been on the board of Orange Grove for visually impaired, reads Braille nine years, with previous offices as Treasurer and Vice Robert doesn’t limit himself to only these books to patients, and even President. Barto replaces Hugh Moore, who was presi- actions. While at home, you may catch him engages others present to read dent the last two years. dabbling with any kind of technology that and speak along with her. satisfies his curiosity. He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University, with a degree in accounting. In 1980, he established his own Crystal’s memory is the same as her name, as she has firm, which later merged in 1993 with the firm of Henry Robert memorized books, and recalls Hoss & Company. Melissa has all sorts of hobbies, ranging from piecing together puzzles, to every part of the stories knitting, crotcheting, and doing needlework. Her interest in craftwork began He and his wife, Jane, have two children, Alice she reads. around age 14. Since then, she has decorated her bedroom and apartment and Danny. with specially decorated pillowcases, wall hangings, and other pieces.
  7. 7. OSAG E THE Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Chattanooga, TN A publication of Permit No. 770 ORANGE GROVE CENTER 615 Derby Street Chattanooga, TN 37404 (423) 629-1451 www.orangegrovecenter.org RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Showcasing our far-reaching impact in the special needs arena. A United Way Member Agency To correct or change mailing information, call (423) 308-1160. Why should you give to United Way? The osage orange (background), or the hedgeapple, is a woody shrub with green fruit that was found in abundance Orange Grove is supported by funds through United Way of around the location of the original Orange Grove School Chattanooga, and your donation may help provide activities for on Main Street in Chattanooga and for which the school the children and adults serviced here at the Center. was named. The annual employee campaign takes place each summer, with donations totaling around $50,000. New Board Members John Buhrman is an BILL LUSK is a Signal attorney, practicing with his father at Buhrman, Mountain resident,Tampa, FL, native, and Support Programs Maddux & Buhrman. a graduate of Red Bank High School. His Chances for Champions He was born in collegiate experience extends to Emory Sweepstakes Chattanooga, attending University and the University of Tennessee at high school at the Chattanooga. Baylor School. Brick Engraving Campaign Lusk supports many causes such as Orange He graduated from Grove Center, as well as Siskin Children’s Annual Membership Drive Cumberland School of Institute, Public Broadcasting, the Humane Law (Samford University) Society, Allied Arts, and the Tennessee and Villanova University, Aquarium. followed by employment at UBS PaineWebber Trust Company (formerly Bradford Trust Most recently he was Company) in Nashville. president of Xpress Global Systems, a Buhrman holds local and national memberships subsidiary of US in the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Express. He and Associations, Estate Planning Council of his wife, Sandy, Chattanooga, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, and have twoWe want your story is treasurer for the Chattanooga Chapter of children, Kylepitches, bright Society of Financial Service Professionals. and Anna.ideas, submittedwriting & artwork for In his spare time, he is an Assistant Scoutmasterfuture issues of this for his Boy Scout Troop and serves on the Siskinpublication. Call 308- Children’s Institute Professional Planned Giving1160. Advisory Committee.